We proudly joined the entire business community in opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act in 2009, the card check bill, which would have denied workers a secret ballot when voting on whether to join a union and given government arbitrators, not managers and employees, the power to determine wages, benefits and work rules. While that effort was soundly defeated, employers now face a similar threat as the Labor Department and the National Labor Relations Board seek to impose much of the failed legislation by regulatory fiat. This effort is remarkably counterproductive to job growth, and to be overturned, it will require the same level of urgency and solidarity as blocking the card check bill generated.
Right now, too many unnecessary regulatory challenges are standing in the way of job growth. As the representative of the retail industry’s largest employers, we are committed to changing this environment and pleased to have so many allies. Our collective prosperity depends on our success in shifting the rhetoric of job creation into meaningful action.
Sandy Kennedy is president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association.